Staff


A.J. Smith - Lead Audio/Video Technician


AJ Smith has pursued a career in audio visual production for over 25 years. Even before graduating in 2012 with a certificate in audio production technologies from Mesa Community College, he had already performed in many ensembles with high school band starting in private lessons when he was 10 years old. Now at age 35, he has performed in over 6 rock bands on the stage as a frontman, guitar player, bass player, and drummer. AJ has also worked as stage hand for the Super Bowl, NBA Allstars, Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, Dwight Yoakam, Kid Rock, Eric Church, Diana Ross, Walk the Moon, The Roots, Jethro Tull, Michael McDonald, Cirque Du Soleil, Disney on Ice, WWE, and numerous 5 star hotels. He has executed light shows for Jeff Loomis, Michael Schenker, and local acts such as Frequis in Arizona. As a lighting and sound production specialist at Interlochen Center for the Arts summer camp 2018, AJ learned even more about emerging technologies, and was pivotal in live streaming for the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. AJ is a member of ASCAP, and continues to perform as a singer with 12 years of professional voice lessons from M.C.C. and Thomas Collett Vocals, and distributed a rock/metal LP and EP on spotify with his bands Kin of the Zen and Kronie. Now with Unity Church of Traverse City, he continues to pursue cutting edge technology to bring the worship community into the 21st century and beyond.


Carol Purcell - Music Director 


Carol Purcell has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree from Cleveland State University, both in Oboe Performance. She has studied oboe, classical and jazz piano, and classical and jazz voice. Carol has played and sung in ensembles from symphony orchestras to small jazz ensembles. In addition, she has taught piano and voice and is currently the accompanist for the Kingsley School Choirs as well as the being the Music Director here at Unity of Traverse City.





Roland Woodring - Band percussionist


Roland is the lead percussionist in the band. His extensive experience in a variety of music genres, along with years of playing percussion and keyboard in the professional arena, bring a high level of quality and inspiration to the ministry’s music team.



Sharon Tomaras-Chappell - Housekeeping Services


Sharon provides housekeeping services for the ministry, assuring that the campus is prepared to support all who attend our various services, activities, and events.